Hanahan baseball coach and HIT director Brian Mitchell looked at the sky, read the forecast and even consulted a meteorologist.
Then he decided to speed up the pace of the 29-team Hanahan Invitational Tournament based on a forecast of all-day rain on Thursday. As a result, all quarterfinal and semifinal games were played Wednesday.
In the quarterfinals, Starr’s Mill (Ga.) beat Stratford, 14-5; Cox High (Va.) defeated James Island, 8-6; Summerville blanked Pinewood Prep, 12-0; and Berkeley beat Travelers’ Rest, 3-2.
Starr’s Mill beat Cox, 6-5, in one semifinal, and Summerville routed Berkeley, 11-2, in the other.
That sets up today’s HIT championship game between Starr’s Mill and Summerville at 1 p.m.
The High School League’s state lacrosse playoffs also were affected by Thursday’s rain.
The Bishop England boys lacrosse playoff match against Chapin was postponed and will be held at 5:30 p.m. today at Bishop England.
The Wando boys and girls lacrosse matches were pushed back a day. Both games will be played today at the Wando Athletic Complex.
The Wando girls will play Academic Magnet at 5:30 p.m. and the boys will play Hilton Head at 7:30 p.m.
Allison Andrews, a sophomore at Ashley Hall, won first place and was champion in the intermediate over fences at 2-feet division at the recent Interscholastic Equestrian Association Zone 4 Finals in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
She has qualified to compete at the IEA National Finals in Syracuse, N.Y.
She is an honors student and also plays basketball and soccer.
Erik Clark, a senior midfielder for Wando, has been selected as the NSCAA/TopDrawer Soccer.com High School Player of the Week.
Clark registered a season-high four assists in a 5-1 victory over Summerville. The senior midfielder also had two more assists in a 4-1 victory over Hoover, Ala.
Clark has committed to play for the College of Charleston.
SCISA will hold its second boys state lacrosse championship on April 27.
Three teams in SCISA field varsity teams: Hammond, Heathwood Hall and Porter-Gaud. The No. 1 seed will receive a bye and will host the winner of Nos. 2 and 3.
The fourth annual Lowcountry Classic high school golf tournament begins today and concludes with the crowning of its champion on Sunday. The tourney is being held at the Plantation Course at Edisto.
This year’s event could have its strongest field to date. Twenty teams from the Palmetto State will compete, including two-time defending champ Fort Dorchester.
Perennial SCISA power Pinewood Prep is also entered. The Panthers feature Katelyn Dambaugh, Reona Hirai and Richard Hubbard. Dambaugh, who is ranked nationally, holds the girls record at The Plantation Course (67 in 2012). She is headed to USC next year.
Hirai is ranked second in the state and is the 2012 winner of the Beth Daniel Award.
Two local players, Austin Zoller and Andrew Novak will compete in the individual competition. They will compete against Bishop England’s Jeremy Grab, who is the current S.C. Junior Amateur Champion.